Saturday, June 29

Baby Love & Challenge Winner

Apologies for the delay in announcing the Challenge winner, it's been a bit manic around here! generated number 55 which is Tamara King of Pickled Papercrafts!

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, I am very grateful for your participation and incredibly happy to see the stamps being used so wonderfully :)

Just a couple of cards to share before Dean and I take the children to see Despicable Me 2 at the cinema....

Close up (excuse the poor picture quality, bad lighting!)....

And in blue....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Baby Love' & 'Background Builder III' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Baby Love Die Collection'

I am finding it almost impossible to select just one August Guest Designer from all the amazing challenge entries, I have a rather long short-list but I promise to get a move on!

Happy Saturday and thank you for your company :) x

Wednesday, June 26

You Are Appreciated

It's the children's last week at school before the (long!) summer break so I spent the whole of Sunday working on my Teacher's Gifts.

I use the same colour scheme and apple theme every year....

It's unimaginative but I don't think you can go wrong with store gift cards (House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer)....

The card up close....

I also made them all a set of 10 all occasion cards that will hopefully come in handy (I had to make 80 in total - that's a lot of die cutting!! lol)....

Close up of the basic design....

  Put it all together (& throw in some chocolates!)....

Bagged up and good to go - 8 in total: 2 teachers and 6 teaching assistants!!  (they have 3 per class)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Teacher's Pet', 'Butterfly Wishes',  'Leafy Accents' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'; Papertrey Ink Dies 'Book Mark', 'Framed Out #12' & 'Tag Sale #3; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I haven't yet had a chance to look at the entries for the challenge, I want to take my time admiring them all (there are no words to adequately describe how thrilling it is to see the stamps being used!) but I will be back with the results as soon as I can :)

I have the children's Summer Concert this afternoon which I'm very much looking forward to!  Have a wonderful day :) x

Edit: The lovely kraft gift bags are from Paperchase :)

Sunday, June 23

Dream Big

It's been a few days since I've shared a butterfly card so here's a couple of them lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'Butterfly Wishes Additions' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; MFT Die-namics 'Dizzy Doily Duo'

This card was difficult to photograph but I hope you get the picture (lol)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'Just Fabulous' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

Before I go, I must insist you stop leaving such kind comments on my blog, Dean is concerned that we may have to widen all the doors in the house so that I can get my ever increasing head through them ;)  But seriously, I think he's getting tired of me reading them all out to him and then sobbing like a baby - true story (I'm an overly emotional person - to the point of annoyance!) lol

Have a lovely Sunday XOXO

Friday, June 21

Brighter Days

I made this card with the intention of mentioning today that April Showers is back in stock but *whispers* it's gone again - wow, you're quick!....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'April Showers' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'April Showers Die'; Lil' Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Squares'; Memory Box Dies 'Puffy Clouds'

I hope the sun comes out today, we're attending the children's School Swimming Gala this afternoon which is always delightful to watch :)

The comments left on my post yesterday were so unexpected and I was uplifted by your vote of confidence - thank you (again) :D

Happy Friday - woo! xxx

Thursday, June 20

Happy Days

I'm feeling the pressure a little bit at the moment so I took some time out to make this card....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flower Arrangement' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flower Arrangement Die Collection'; Lil' Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

I will be restocking the shop later on today but I may have underestimated the demand again so please forgive me if some sets sell out quickly (I do have more on order).  I don't have any experience running a small business (this being my first lol) so I am learning as I go along and I thank you for your understanding as I experience some 'growing pains' :)

Back to tackling my list of things to do, thank you for stopping by today :) x

Tuesday, June 18

Sequins Galore

After my fleeting relationship with Washi Tape (I turned over my 20 rolls from Paperchase to Jasmine, who put them to good use wallpapering her dolls houses lol), I have been strenuously resisting sequins!  However, after seeing many variations of the following technique on my blog hopping travels, I finally succumbed....


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Honeycomb' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

Playing with some new dies....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'You Are' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Twinkle Toes Die Collection'

The children are both on a school day trip to the seaside so I'm feeling restless, I know it's not healthy but I never relax until I know they're back safely!  Only a couple more hours to go....

Have a great day :)

Monday, June 17

You Are....

Happy Monday!  (although not for me, Monday is my household chores day - boo!) Just a couple of cards I'd like to share quickly with you before I put the groceries (that I've left in the hallway lol) away....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'You Are', 'Framed Sentiments', 'Flower Arrangement' & 'Leafy Accents' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flower Arrangement Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection'

Quite a bright one....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'You Are' / Pattern Paper - My Minds Eye 6x6 Pad 'Happy Day' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'You Are Die Collection'

I'm in full mass production mode, creating my end of year Teachers Gifts - only 2 weeks left and then the children are home for almost 10 weeks!!!!

Have a fantastic Monday and thank you for stopping by :) xxx

Saturday, June 15

Quick Hello

Just a quick 'hello' from me today....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder III' & 'Just Fabulous' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Tin Types'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

Right, must tackle my mile long list of things to do - have a great day! xxx

Friday, June 14

More Die Collections!

I am positively giddy at the response so far to the first Clearly Besotted Challenge!  I was terrified no one would join and I am incredibly impressed by the high standard of the submissions - please keep them coming (pretty please!).

Being a big fan of coordinating dies, I am happy to report that the following die collections (that coordinate with existing stamp sets) are now available in the store:

                                      Ahoy Matey Die Collection                           Baby Love Die Collection

                               Fancy Feathers Die Collection                     Happy Everything Die Collection

                                 It's Your Birthday Die Collection               Once Upon A Time Die Collection

                                      Paired Up Die Collection                   Signature Christmas Die Collection
                                 Thanks A Bunch Die Collection                    Twinkle Toes Die Collection

Finally, just a quick card to thank my husband for being a wonderful father to our children....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Building Blocks II', 'For Everyone' & 'Love Hearts' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection'

Happy Friday and have a marvellous weekend everyone :D xxx

Monday, June 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #1 - Anything Goes


Welcome to the first Clearly Besotted Monthly Challenge, I have never hosted a challenge before so please forgive me if I miss anything out.

It's an easy one to kick off with, the challenge is simply....'Anything Goes'.  Pretty self explanatory I hope, I just want to see you put your Clearly Besotted products to use!  I'm also on the lookout for an August Guest Designer so please register your interest with your submission :)

Before I outline the rules, how about some amazing inspiration from the Design Team extraordinaire?....

Aren't they truly an impressive bunch of ladies? *happy sigh*

In order to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Your crafty creation must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product.
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked below - direct link to post only please.
  • The closing date for entries is Sunday 23rd June 2013 (10:55 GMT).
  • Multiple entries are permitted but they must be a new creation each time.
  • Please put GD next to your name if you'd like to be considered for our August Guest Designer Spot (contains a couple of my favourite sets to date!).

Because it's the first ever challenge, the prize is five Clearly Besotted stamp sets of the (randomly selected) winner's choice.

Please do join in if you can, I am genuinely so excited to see what you come up with!

Sunday, June 9

For You Tags

Just a quickie from me today, here are some tags I made last night....

I couldn't resist making a simple matching card too....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Just Fabulous', 'Building Blocks II' & 'Once Upon A Time' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Just Fabulous Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Die 'Tag Sale #3'

I know I sound like a broken record (& some of you are probably sick of hearing it!) but I do apologise for the number of out of stock items - it's the same one's every month, so you'd think I'd be on top of it by now :(  I am expecting a shipment in about a week, which will include this months sell-outs too.

Happy Sunday everyone!  Please pop back tomorrow, I'll be launching the first Clearly Besotted Challenge :) x

Saturday, June 8

Baby Shower (& A Winner)

What a busy release!  I promise that I have been increasing the stock levels, I can only conclude that the sell-out's are down to you all spreading the word about Clearly Besotted and for that I am truly grateful.  I really don't know what I have done to deserve such incredible support, sincerest heartfelt thanks :)

Here's a little card I made with the April Showers Umbrella die....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'April Showers' & 'Baby Love' / Pattern Paper - My Minds Eye 6x6" Paper Pad 'Happy Day' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'April Showers Die'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Small Folder Banners'

Now onto the result of my little giveaway, generated number 67 which is Kara (KandR Designs)!  Thank you very much to everyone who took part and also for your warm messages of encouragement :)

I have a busy weekend ahead, today we're taking the children swimming, followed by a trip to the farm and tomorrow we are taking my brother out for a meal in London's West End to celebrate his birthday.  Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a fantastic weekend too xxx

Wednesday, June 5

June Release Reveal & Giveaway

I have some very exciting news this month, Clearly Besotted Stamps are now available at:

I really am over the moon to have a US stockist, especially such a fabulous one that I shop at regularly myself :)  I have the incredible Jennifer McGuire to thank for bringing Clearly Besotted to SSS's attention and also the awesome Debby Hughes, without whom my stamps would not even be on Jennifer's radar!

Here's a preview of all the stamp sets and dies that will be available in the store (& at Simon Says Stamp) at midnight tonight (GMT) now.

Introducing April Showers (4x6" set) with coordinating April Showers die (stamps & die sold separately)....

Introducing Building Blocks II (4x6" set)....

Introducing Cute & Cuddly (4x6" set)....

 Introducing For Everyone (mini 3x4" set)....

Introducing Make A Wish (4x6" set) with coordinating Make A Wish Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

 Introducing You Are (4x8" set) with coordinating You Are Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

I will be launching the Clearly Besotted Challenge on the 10th of this month and I really hope that a few of you will join in :)

The following Die Collections are now back in stock: Basic Banners, Blooming Marvellous, Leafy Accents & Love Hearts.  All other out of stock items (including the May Release) are due back in approximately 1 week, thank you for your patience.

Now onto the monthly giveaway, please leave a comment (open to everyone worldwide) and I will randomly select a winner to receive a prize of four Clearly Besotted stamp sets of their choice.

If you like what you see this month, I would be very grateful if you would join us on Facebook and Pinterest, thank you very much!